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The 11th Academy Awards (1939) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, February 23, 1939,
honoring movies released in 1938.

Walt Disney receives one statuette and seven miniature statuettes from Shirley Temple for "Snow White."

Walt Disney receives one statuette and seven miniature statuettes from Shirley Temple for "Snow White."


  • Charles Boyer in "Algiers"
  • James Cagney in "Angels with Dirty Faces"
  • Robert Donat in "The Citadel"
  • Leslie Howard in "Pygmalion"
  • Spencer Tracy in "Boys Town"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Walter Brennan in "Kentucky"
  • John Garfield in "Four Daughters"
  • Gene Lockhart in "Algiers"
  • Robert Morley in "Marie Antoinette"
  • Basil Rathbone in "If I Were King"


  • Fay Bainter in "White Banners"
  • Bette Davis in "Jezebel"
  • Wendy Hiller in "Pygmalion"
  • Norma Shearer in "Marie Antoinette"
  • Margaret Sullavan in "Three Comrades"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Fay Bainter in "Jezebel"
  • Beulah Bondi in "Of Human Hearts"
  • Billie Burke in "Merrily We Live"
  • Spring Byington in "You Can't Take It with You"
  • Miliza Korjus in "The Great Waltz"

Art Direction

  • "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Carl J. Weyl
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Lyle Wheeler
  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Bernard Herzbrun, Boris Leven
  • "Algiers" Alexander Toluboff
  • "Carefree" Van Nest Polglase
  • "The Goldwyn Follies" Richard Day
  • "Holiday" Stephen Goosson, Lionel Banks
  • "If I Were King" Hans Dreier, John Goodman
  • "Mad about Music" Jack Otterson
  • "Marie Antoinette" Cedric Gibbons
  • "Merrily We Live" Charles D. Hall


  • "Algiers" James Wong Howe
  • "Army Girl" Ernest Miller, Harry Wild
  • "The Buccaneer" Victor Milner
  • "The Great Waltz" Joseph Ruttenberg
  • "Jezebel" Ernest Haller
  • "Mad about Music" Joseph Valentine
  • "Merrily We Live" Norbert Brodine
  • "Suez" Peverell Marley
  • "Vivacious Lady" Robert de Grasse
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Joseph Walker
  • "The Young in Heart" Leon Shamroy


  • "Angels with Dirty Faces" Michael Curtiz
  • "Boys Town" Norman Taurog
  • "The Citadel" King Vidor
  • "Four Daughters" Michael Curtiz
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Frank Capra

Film Editing

  • "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Ralph Dawson
  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Barbara McLean
  • "The Great Waltz" Tom Held
  • "Test Pilot" Tom Held
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Gene Havlick

Music (Original Score)

  • "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • "Army Girl" Victor Young
  • "Block-Heads" Marvin Hatley
  • "Blockade" Werner Janssen
  • "Breaking the Ice" Victor Young
  • "The Cowboy and the Lady" Alfred Newman
  • "If I Were King" Richard Hageman
  • "Marie Antoinette" Herbert Stothart
  • "Pacific Liner" Russell Bennett
  • "Suez" Louis Silvers
  • "The Young in Heart" Franz Waxman

Music (Scoring)

  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Alfred Newman
  • "Carefree" Victor Baravalle
  • "Girls' School" Morris Stoloff, Gregory Stone
  • "The Goldwyn Follies" Alfred Newman
  • "Jezebel" Max Steiner
  • "Mad about Music" Charles Previn, Frank Skinner
  • "Storm over Bengal" Cy Feuer
  • "Sweethearts" Herbert Stothart
  • "There Goes My Heart" Marvin Hatley
  • "Tropic Holiday" Boris Morros
  • "The Young in Heart" Franz Waxman

Music (Song)

  • "Always and Always" from "Mannequin" Music by Edward Ward; Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
  • "Change Partners" from "Carefree" Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • "The Cowboy and the Lady" from "The Cowboy and the Lady" Music by Lionel Newman; Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
  • "Dust" from "Under Western Stars" Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marvin
  • "Jeepers Creepers" from "Going Places" Music by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
  • "Merrily We Live" from "Merrily We Live" Music by Phil Charig; Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
  • "A Mist over the Moon" from "The Lady Objects" Music by Ben Oakland; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
  • "My Own" from "That Certain Age" Music by Jimmy McHugh; Lyrics by Harold Adamson
  • "Now It Can Be Told" from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • "Thanks for the Memory" from "The Big Broadcast of 1938" Music by Ralph Rainger; Lyrics by Leo Robin

Outstanding Production

  • "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Warner Bros.-First National
  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" 20th Century-Fox
  • "Boys Town" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "The Citadel" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "Four Daughters" Warner Bros.-First National
  • "Grand Illusion" Realization D'Art Cinematographique
  • "Jezebel" Warner Bros.
  • "Pygmalion" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "Test Pilot" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Columbia

Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • "Brave Little Tailor" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Ferdinand the Bull" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Good Scouts" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Hunky and Spunky" Paramount
  • "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" Walt Disney, Producer

Short Subject (One-reel)

  • "The Great Heart" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "That Mothers Might Live" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "Timber Toppers" 20th Century-Fox

Short Subject (Two-reel)

  • "Declaration of Independence" Warner Bros.
  • "Swingtime in the Movies" Warner Bros.
  • "They're Always Caught" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Sound Recording

  • "Army Girl" Republic Studio Sound Department, Charles L. Lootens, Sound Director
  • "The Cowboy and the Lady" United Artists Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director
  • "Four Daughters" Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Nathan Levinson, Sound Director
  • "If I Were King" Paramount Studio Sound Department, Loren L. Ryder, Sound Director
  • "Merrily We Live" Hal Roach Studio Sound Department, Elmer A. Raguse, Sound Director
  • "Suez" 20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, Edmund H. Hansen, Sound Director
  • "Sweethearts" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Douglas Shearer, Sound Director
  • "That Certain Age" Universal Studio Sound Department, Bernard B. Brown, Sound Director
  • "Vivacious Lady" RKO Radio Studio Sound Department, John Aalberg, Sound Director
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Columbia Studio Sound Department, John Livadary, Sound Director

Writing (Original Story)

  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Irving Berlin
  • "Angels with Dirty Faces" Rowland Brown
  • "Blockade" John Howard Lawson
  • "Boys Town" Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin
  • "Mad about Music" Marcella Burke, Frederick Kohner
  • "Test Pilot" Frank Wead

Writing (Screenplay)

  • "Boys Town" John Meehan, Dore Schary
  • "The Citadel" Ian Dalrymple, Frank Wead, Elizabeth Hill
  • "Four Daughters" Julius J. Epstein, Lenore Coffee
  • "Pygmalion" Screenplay and Dialogue by George Bernard Shaw; Adaptation by W. P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis, Ian Dalrymple
  • "You Can't Take It with You" Robert Riskin

  • Star indicates a win.